English poetry

Poems in English

The Sphinx

The Sphinx is drowsy, Her wings are furled: Her ear is heavy, She broods on the world. “Who’ll tell me […]

Suum Cuique

The rain has spoiled the farmer’s day; Shall sorrow put my books away? Thereby are two days lost: Nature shall […]

Merlin II

The rhyme of the poet Modulates the king’s affairs, Balance-loving nature Made all things in pairs. To every foot its […]


The south-wind brings Life, sunshine, and desire, And on every mount and meadow Breathes aromatic fire, But over the dead […]

Give All To Love

Give all to love; Obey thy heart; Friends, kindred, days, Estate, good fame, Plans, credit, and the muse; Nothing refuse. […]


That you are fair or wise is vain, Or strong, or rich, or generous; You must have also the untaught […]


Hast thou named all the birds without a gun; Loved the wood-rose, and left it on its stalk; At rich […]


Good-by, proud world, I’m going home, Thou’rt not my friend, and I’m not thine; Long through thy weary crowds I […]

Ode To Beauty

Who gave thee, O Beauty! The keys of this breast, Too credulous lover Of blest and unblest? Say when in […]

Merlin I

Thy trivial harp will never please Or fill my craving ear; Its chords should ring as blows the breeze, Free, […]


IT fell in the ancient periods Which the brooding soul surveys, Or ever the wild Time coin’d itself Into calendar […]

Each And All

Little thinks, in the field, yon red-cloaked clown, Of thee, from the hill-top looking down; And the heifer, that lows […]

Two Rivers

Thy summer voice, Musketaquit, Repeats the music of the rain; But sweeter rivers pulsing flit Through thee, as thou through […]

Alphonso Of Castile

I Alphonso live and learn, Seeing nature go astern. Things deteriorate in kind, Lemons run to leaves and rind, Meagre […]

The Apology

Think me not unkind and rude, That I walk alone in grove and glen; I go to the god of […]


Give me truths, For I am weary of the surfaces, And die of inanition. If I knew Only the herbs […]

Celestial Love

Higher far, Upward, into the pure realm, Over sun or star, Over the flickering Dæmon film, Thou must mount for […]

Painting And Sculpture

The sinful painter drapes his goddess warm, Because she still is naked, being drest; The godlike sculptor will not so […]


Daughters of Time, the hypocritic Days, Muffled and dumb like barefoot dervishes, And marching single in an endless file, Bring […]


Thousand minstrels woke within me, “Our music’s in the hills; “- Gayest pictures rose to win me, Leopard-colored rills. Up!-If […]


What care I, so they stand the same,- Things of the heavenly mind,- How long the power to give them […]

Etienne de la Boéce

I serve you not, if you I follow, Shadow-like, o’er hill and hollow, And bend my fancy to your leading, […]

Sursum Corda

Seek not the Spirit, if it hide, Inexorable to thy zeal: Baby, do not whine and chide; Art thou not […]

To J. W

Set not thy foot on graves; Hear what wine and roses say; The mountain chase, the summer waves, The crowded […]


What boots it, thy virtue, What profit thy parts, While one thing thou lackest, The art of all arts! The […]

The Day’s Ration

When I was born, From all the seas of strength Fate filled a chalice, Saying, This be thy portion, child; […]


I Thy trivial harp will never please Or fill my craving ear; Its chords should ring as blows the breeze, […]


Because I was content with these poor fields, Low open meads, slender and sluggish streams, And found a home in […]

To Ellen, At The South

The green grass is growing, The morning wind is in it, ‘Tis a tune worth the knowing, Though it change […]

Initial Love

Venus, when her son was lost, Cried him up and down the coast, In hamlets, palaces, and parks, And told […]

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